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Okinawa civic group calls for referendum on Futenma relocation

  • September 6, 2018
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi and Sankei reported that an Okinawa civic group submitted to the prefectural government yesterday a petition containing some 93,000 signatures calling for the creation of a local ordinance on holding a prefecture-wide plebiscite on the FRF construction project off Camp Schwab. The prefectural assembly is expected to start deliberations on the proposal this month, which will probably be endorsed because politicians who were close to the late Governor Onaga hold a majority in the legislature. A referendum should be held within six months after the ordinance is issued.  Asahi added, however, that the referendum may not be held if former Ginowan mayor Sakima prevails in the gubernatorial election scheduled for Sept. 30. 

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